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MemberEmily Smith

…*Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections…
…Randolph College Natural History & Archaeology Collections Project…
…*Writing a monograph study of the work of Sydney Parkinson (1745-1771), artist on the Endeavour voyage

*Randolph College Natural History & Archaeology Collections Project

*Randolph College Museum & Heritage Studies Program (I co-teach MUHS 110, Natural History Collections and MUHS 201, Collections Management)…

I specialize in research on 18th-century natural history collections and collectors, as well as the intersections between natural history and anthropology. I am especially interested in how recontextualizing historical narratives and reintegrating indigenous perspectives might yield a more wholistic understanding of human and “natural” landscapes.

MemberDominik Hünniger

…British Society for the History of Science

European Society for the History of Science

Gesellschaft zur Erforschung des achtzehnten Jahrhunderts

European Society for Environmental History

Society for the History of Natural History

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Geschichte und Theorie der Biologie

MWW Forschungsgruppe Sammlungsökonomien

Arbeitskreis für Wirtschafts- und Sozialgeschichte Schleswig-Holsteins

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…und Stereotype in der Göttinger Aufklärung, Göttingen: Göttinger Verlag der Kunst 2018,
including the essay: “Bilder machen – Charaktere, Stereotype und die Konstruktion menschlicher Varietät bei Johann Friedrich Blumenbach”, S. 65-77.

Nets, Labels and Boards: Materiality and Natural History Practices in Continental European Manuals on Insect Collecting 1688-1776, in: Arthur MacGregor (ed.), Naturalists in the Field. Collecting, Recording and Preserving the Natural World from the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century, Leiden et. all: Brill 2018 (Emergence of Natural Hist…

I am a cultural historian with special interest in 18th century environmental, medical and natural history as well as the history of universities and scholarship. I obtained a PhD from the University of Goettingen with a thesis on the cultural history of epizootics in Mid-18th century Northern Europe. The thesis used multi-disciplinary approaches to the past experiences of humans and other species. My research critically engages with Animal Studies and the development of the scientific as well as quotidian engagement of humans with the natural world in the past but also the present. My current research project is a material history of 18th century entomology. It analyzes the pan-European fascination with insects and their taxonomy and behaviour as well as the role of global specimens in these processes in order to illuminate the development of scientific disciplines, global exchange and the practices of (academic) knowledge formation. The project will pay special attention to materiality, the role of images vs text and the means of knowledge exchange and discussion. The insect collections of the Hunterian in Glasgow, the Natural History Museum in London, the Natural History Museum in Copenhagen, the Museum of Evolution in Uppsala and the Muséum d’histoire naturelle in Paris as well of the Zoology Museum at the University of Kiel will be used for an analysis of their collections in this context. Collaboration with today’s curators is an important part of the project as historic zoological collections are invaluable sources for current taxonomic and biodiversity research in the life sciences. In addition I am also publishing on the history of universities as corporate institutions and academics as subjects in (by lack of a better term) “enlightened absolutism”. This research also is informed by current developments in higher education globally and discussion on the future of the humanities. Since August 2017 I am editor of the Brill series “Emergence of Natural History” (ENH). Additionally, I am an advisor to the initiative to strengthen research, outreach and conservation of the University of Goettingen’s academic collections. Academic heritage, the history and future of collections and the material aspects of knowledge formation are my keay concerns also as an affiliate researcher at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow.

MemberAlexis Tindall

Alexis Tindall is part of the Australian Research Data Commons’ Skilled Workforce team, with a particular interest in supporting and enabling humanities, arts and social sciences research. She has extensive project management experience in diverse environments. Before joining the eResearch support community, she worked in natural history and social history museums, and is passionate about digitisation and improving digital access to the nation’s treasured collections.

MemberFelicia Else

Felicia Else is a Professor of Art History in the Department of Art and Art History at Gettysburg College, PA. Her research specialities include 16th-century Granducal Florence, especially public sculpture as well as interdisciplinary studies on water, art, natural history and festivals. She has published on the work of Bartolomeo Ammannati and his Neptune Fountain in Florence.

MemberAnna Sagal

I have two ongoing research projects. The first, entitled Resisting Gardens: Pedagogy & Natural History in Eighteenth-Century Women’s Literature, examines a selection of works of literature and art by women that engage with scientific subjects; genres include periodicals, textbooks, paper mosaics (collages), paintings, and conduct of life works. Utilizing the framework of critical plant studies, this project makes the argument for a radical tradition of women’s naturalist labor that challenges prevailing models of human-nature dynamics. I have also begun preliminary research on a second project, Flora Abroad: Eighteenth-Century Women and Colonial Botany. While still in its early conceptual stages, this project traces the intellectual and artistic productions of women who studied the natural world in the Caribbean, America, Canada, and other European colonies.

MemberLila Marz Harper

Nineteenth-century literature and science, especially natural history and women’s writing. Currently working on the Medusa/medusa references in literature. Focusing at the moment on George Eliot and G. H. Lewes’ Sea-Side Studies and pre-Darwinian evolution. Have published an edition of Edwin Abbott’s Flatland. Also work on research methods, plagiarism and technical writing. Will be teaching a course on weeds and the ecology of vacant lots next year. And, of course, field bibliography. I index fests for MLA and some journals for ABELL. Recently, am helping editing and formatting lists for an Alice in Wonderland translation project.

MemberMads Langballe Jensen

I am a historian of early modern political thought, working on topics from the German Reformation to the Early Enlightenment and from Denmark/Norway to the Coast of West Africa. I am particularly interested in how different theories of natural law were used to justify and legitimise interests in different religious, political, commercial and colonial conflicts in early modern history.   My first project was a contextual study of the political philosophy of the Wittenberg reformer Philipp Melanchthon and the first formulations of Protestant natural law theories. It investigated the different theories of natural law which Melanchthon developed and the purposes for which he applied (or didn’t apply) them in his political philosophical works. An early fruit of this project was an article on Melanchthon’s commentary on Aristotle’s Politics published in History of Political Thought.